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A time-honored tradition in the Honors College, Revocation is a special ceremony for our graduating seniors. We take the opportunity to gather together as the Honors family to celebrate their accomplishments, experience joy amongst families, friends and peers, and send our new graduates off to change the world. 

About Revocation

Why do we call it Revocation? The name of our special graduation ceremony was invented by our students many decades ago.  The Latin noun "vocatio" means an invitation or calling.  It's the origin of the English word "vocation."  Hence, the gathering together of first-year Honors students at the beginning of their undergraduate careers is called "Convocation," a calling together of that class, encouraging them to thrive and set their course toward success. When a class is called back together, recognizing their accomplishment in graduating "with honors," we revoke their status as active Honors students as they become alumni creating a bookend to Convocation called "Revocation."  

Revocation Details

Attire for all attendees is business casual. Students do not wear their cap and gown. 

*The Honors College provides the Honors medallion to be worn for commencement and does not have a cord or stole. Other cords and stoles must be ordered through the university bookstore.

Honors College students are encouraged to invite family and friends. RSVPs are required for students and guests. The RSVP form is sent via email approximately one month before Revocation. Spring 2021 COVID-19 update: Attendance will be limited to two guests.

Revocation typically follows the format listed below:

  • Welcome from the dean
  • Senior marshal speeches
  • Student speeches
  • William A. Mould Senior Thesis Award Presentation
  • Michael A. Hill Faculty Award Presentation
  • Medallion presentation
  • Individual recognition of all students
  • Dean's keynote speech
  • Alma mater

Senior marshals are chosen by Honors College staff each year, and the selected students are notified in late April. Marshals are chosen based on their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to the Honors College experience. 

Marshals sit on stage during the ceremony, give a short, 3-4 minute speech, and are responsible for running the Revocation ceremony. 

Following a long tradition in the Honors College, any graduating senior can speak during this portion of Revocation. Speeches should be two minutes or less in length, and can be traditional speeches, simple thanks, congratulations, Honors memories, funny stories, poems or any other format the student chooses. 

If you wish to speak at Revocation, email Dr. Kay Thomas to submit your request. 

The Honors medallion is a relatively new tradition created for our graduates in 2020. Crafted in bronze and hanging from a garnet and black ribbon, the medallion features DeSaussure College and the Maxcy Monument. The medallion is presented at Revocation, and our students wear their medallions for the university's commencement in lieu of a cord or stole. 

Honors College graduates receive an Honors certificate modeled after the University of South Carolina's original diploma. Certificates are mailed to our graduates approximately three months after graduation and are sent to the graduate's address on file with the Honors College. Honors graduates will also have "graduation with honors" noted on their university diploma. 

Revocation COVID-19 Protocols
  • Face coverings are required for speakers, graduates and guests.
  • Testing within 72 hours of ceremony is strongly encouraged (unless an attendee has a positive COVID test or antibody test in past 90 days or completed vaccination series).  Participants are also encouraged to test several days after commencement and related travel.
  • Seating for students and guests with tickets will begin 30 minutes before each ceremony.
  • SCHC staff will direct graduates to any seat available in the student section upon arrival (no processional).
  • Graduates will stand as names are called.  No handshakes or walking across the stage.
  • Guests must present tickets to event staff (located in yellow jackets) for seating.
  • Guest seating will be in pairs and chairs cannot be moved.
  • Children two years and younger do not need a guest ticket and are expected to sit in an adult guest’s lap.  Children three years and older must have a guest ticket and must wear a face covering.
  • When the program concludes, we will ask students to depart by row and their guests to meet them outside of the designated ceremony area.
  • Event staff will ask any guests located on the brick pathway to move to other areas on the Horseshoe.  


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